photos by VHKW & Barry Fitzgerald
Authentic ‘old-world’ charm meets modern tropical luxury in this wonderful historic island home, Abaco Dreams vacation rental. Built of original glistening clear heart pine from floor to 12 foot ceiling, the immaculate interior rooms radiate a warm and magical feel that would be nearly impossible to replicate by modern builders. Built in one of the most long-lived and well-loved styles of American architecture this romantic Key West home displays classic lines of renaissance-inspired symmetry. Deep spacious living and bedrooms off a wide center hall, high ceilings, detailing with classical white capital-topped columns, transom door lights at the front entrance, and a side-gable roof all suggest this home it is one of Key West’s few American-Georgian colonial style homes.
During the original renovation of the home, the historic Dade County heart pine walls and floors were refinished to reveal the natural golden gleam of this remarkable wood, making a beautiful back drop for hanging wall art. Another special feature I love about this home is the retro black cast iron and porcelain claw foot tub selected for the master bathroom. Perched on elegant silver painted fan-leaf feet, the tub is a perfect contrast to the custom Aztec patterned black and white tile floor. An elegant canopy rain shower fixture is beautifully framed with a clear glass shower enclosure making the bathroom artful in and of itself.
The historic floor plan of our Key West Abaco Dreams has been preserved for the most part, with the exception of additions to the back of the house to meet the modern island lifestyle of ‘bringing the tropical outdoors inside.’ As you face the front of the house the layout is as follows. The front door entrance leads to a wide center hall that leads all the way to the back of the house. The high ceilings make the hall feel grand and its extra width invites it to also serve as a long spacious sitting room.
Facing the house to the left we start from the front. The first room is the original ‘front room’ which is now set as a comfortable den with a trundle day-bed, making the room function as an additional sleeping area for up to two persons. This den flows directly into the dining area via a high square arch built as colonial style columns. The dining room is furnished with a glass topped table large enough for everyone to sit together and enjoy a meal.
At the back of the house on the left, is the spacious kitchen which has been nicely restyled for easy cooking with plenty of counter top space. Directly off the kitchen, through a closing door, is a spacious laundry room complete with washer and dryer.
Returning to the front of the house, facing it from the right side, the first room is the front bedroom. This is a spacious room with an attractive décor and offers a queen size bed, shown dressed with a white bedspread in our slide show. The next room down the hall to the right is the master bathroom which features the elegant cast iron claw foot tub described above. In addition to the artistic bath tub, the master bathroom has a beautiful oversized vintage style free-standing porcelain sink. This bathroom has two entrances and can be accessed from the hall as well as the master bedroom.
Continuing down the hall, the next room on the right is the spacious master bedroom which offers a king size bed, shown dressed in blue in our slide show. This bedroom has a set of double French doors that open to the side yard and serve as a great source to invite in the morning sunshine.
Now proceeding all the way down the hall to the back of the house, and spanning three quarters of the width of the house, is the spacious pool side family room. This room was added during the renovation of the home extending the length of the house and placing three sets of double French doors that lead to a spacious deck and 40 foot free-form heated swimming pool. The remaining one-quarter of the width of the back, and just off the left of this family room is the 2nd bathroom. This bathroom has a full shower with frameless clear glass door and free-standing sink and is easily accessed from the next room, the 3rd bedroom.
The last room is the 3rd bedroom which offers a full size (double) platform bed and an added feature of a small free-standing sink. This sweet little pool-garden bedroom is located in an adorable intimate free-standing pool-side cottage directly off the back deck just outside the French doors on the left. The adjacent location creates an extra private ‘secret’ bedroom with its own set of French doors offering a beautiful view of the swimming pool and a quick escape for a private early morning dip in the pool. Lush landscaping of a variety of tropical palms and an impressive stand of giant bamboo ensure plenty of outdoor privacy.
Grounds are landscaped to create the perfect outdoor living scene for this one of a kind arts-and-crafts home. Set in a desirable residential neighborhood in Old Town, it is tucked away privately behind a high fence. Enter the font gate to see the spacious front porch set with white wicker chairs inviting you to sit and while away the hours.
Lush tropical landscaping wraps from the front yard and winds around the left side of the porch with a path leading to the resort-style swimming pool garden. A large free-form swimming pool is surrounding with a generous size wood deck is made complete with lush tropical landscaping and colorful chaise lounges. Let your cares wash away with a dip in the pool, then lay back and relax in Key West luxury.
Master: King size bed
Guest: 1 Queen size bed
Pool cottage: 1 double (full) size bed
Front Den: Trundle bed (2 Twin beds)
Amenities: Large 40 foot free-form heated swimming pool set in private spacious back yard with lush tropical landscaping. Adorable pool side cottage bedroom. Cable TV, a/c, internet,, washer dryer, linens and towels provided, fully equipped kitchen. Great setting for family or small group of friends.
Activities: Poolside lounging, shopping, fine dining (a variety of national and international restaurants), tennis, boating, beaching, museums, art galleries, night life.
Area: This home is ideally located in the Heart of Old Town Key West in a quiet historic neighborhood just a few steps from White Street and the Truman Avenue corridor. From this location you can quickly walk to Fausto's Fine Food Palace (fine wines, cheeses, and gourmet foods), Sandy’s Café for Cuban coffee, numerous art galleries (White Street Gallery area), and yoga and exercise studios. Duval Street shops, attractions, and the Historic Seaport District is a ten minute walk at most.
Restrictions: This is a smoke-free home. Only well behaved children are welcome – this house is not child-proof. This property is ideal for a family or small group of friends who are looking for a private retreat that is close to all Key West has to offer but understand that it is not suitable for loud partying. Duval Street is not far so it is easy to take your party to the clubs. We do not accept guests less than 25 years of age unless accompanied by a family group or guardian.